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Case 69 - Office workers advised that kettles and microwaves were not allowed due to health and safety requirements

Issue

Office workers have been advised that kettles and microwaves are not allowed in their office due to health and safety requirements and that insurance would be needed at a cost to the employer.

Panel decision

There is no health and safety law prohibiting the use of kettles and microwaves in the office. It is unfortunate that the office workers have been told incorrectly that they cannot use such equipment because of health and safety. It would be much better if their employer explained their real concerns about having this equipment in the office.

2012-10-05